STRATFORD - A Bridgeport man has been charged for luring a preteen he met on Snapchat and then sexually assaulted her.
Police said Reginald Sharp created several fake profiles on social media and one of them was Snapchat. They said the victim fell for it and it then took a turn for the worst.
The incident has gotten the attention of many concerned parents in town.
"I thought how could a parent not know that a child was doing that and then leaving he house to meet this man somewhere," said Lisa Kasak of Stratford.
"As a grown man, why would you want to talk to a teenager especially if you know they’re a teenager," said Martena Genus of Bridgeport.
Sharp is already a registered sex offender. He is charged with first degree sexual assault, enticing a minor using a computer and risk of injury to a minor.
FOX61 spoke to Web Specialist Hannah Hawthorne who had this reminder for parents.
"I think they should make sure that their children are only following people that they know personally and make sure that there’s no strangers getting involved," said Hawthorne.
Police now want to remind parents to keep a close eye on their children's social media accounts.
"I think parents monitoring has a lot to do with it to just monitor them on what they’re watching, talking to, who they’re talking to on their phone," added Genus.
Sharp is being held on a 2-million dollar bond. If you have any additional information about Sharp, you are urged to reach out to police immediately.
Links for parents:
- Parents' Ultimate Guide to Snapchat – Common Sense Media
- A Parent’s Guide to Snapchat -ConnectSafely.org
- Social media apps explained – Protect Young Eyes